Longing for death

When you are cornered on every side, and there is no hope for you in sight, what would you do? If God is not your shield and he is not the one you run to in times of trouble, where is your hope? For Job, death seemed to be the best option (Job 3:11-23).

In the midst of tragedy, would I come to such a conclusion? Would you? This is where unanswered prayers become a blessing. God is gracious to us. We may have longed for death just like Job:

Why is light given to him who is in misery; and life to the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than hidden treasures, who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?” (Job 3:20-23)

Like Job, our only hope may be death. And nothing else. As a matter of fact, it may become the ultimate longing of our hearts. But God ignores such requests.

In the midst of tragedy, the longing for death may be a natural response. It is during such times that God blesses us with unanswered prayers. Maybe it’s time for us to give up and let God do his work. He chooses to lead us through a more difficult path in which he can do things in us and through us that are much beyond our thinking.

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